Odds and Ends 009
The Kills: Blood Pressures (Domino)
Love still hurts, but they understand it better ("Heart Is a Beating Drum," "Pots and Pans") ***
Dum Dum Girls: Only in Dreams (Sub Pop)
Pretty darn good Pretenders ("Wasted Away," "In My Head") ***
The Shins: Port of Morrow (Aural Apothecary/Columbia)
Problem's less the precious lyrics he attaches to his premium melodies than the increasingly precious way he sings them ("Simple Song," "September") **
Imperial Teen: Feel the Sound (Merge)
"Too many songs we sang are left unsung"--that about sums it up ("Last to Know," "Out From Inside") **
Cloud Nothings: Cloud Nothings (Carpark)
Sincere ex-brat faces mortality and/or sexual insecurity without whining or fronting about it ("Nothing's Wrong," "Been Through") **
The Coathangers: Larceny & Old Lace (Suicide Squeeze)
The meat remains, the sauce does not ("Go Away," "Jaybird") **
The Wax Museums: Eye Times (Trouble in Mind)
Brat-punk lives in Denton, Texas, and that's a good thing ("Midlife Crisis," "Mosquito Enormo") **
Dengue Fever: Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy)
Not only are their English lyrics easier to understand than their Khmer lyrics, they're easier to understand than your English lyrics ("Cement Slippers," "Mr. Bubbles") *
Today on a House rerun, Hugh Laurie says, "Contrary to what Jimmy Cliff taught you, sometimes the bigger they are, the harder they kick your ****."
EDIT: Oh please, I'm quoting a TV character.
**** = a$$ if you didn't catch the context.
Lovely list. But you forgot to recommend a dingy club
and, just in case, a well honed straight razor
It's another mess but "La Piñata" (?) deploys a Mister Rogers sample sinuously. And apparently he thinks it's the pick to click too since there's already a video for it: http://goo.gl/n67pW
Irene, before sorting out car jams, you should consider getting a h/motel at the 10-hour mark. Or at the seeing-Lee-Harvery-Oswald mark, whichever comes first. I've done dozens of inhumane road trips often with four (4!) gangsta cats and a decent night's sleep along the way saved our lives.
Stock your vehicle with:
1. Two little bowls for water and cat food placed on the floor. Your cats will probably be too stressed to partake. But just in case.
2. A makeshift litter box. They will partake.
3. Paper towels. They will puke.
4. A washcloth. They will puke on themselves.
5. Bottles of water. Keep yourself hydrated. Also, your cats will be dehydrated and look a bit scary. Don't worry. They'll survive. But you should wet the nose/mouth area so they get some sort of hydration.
6. Food. I don't follow this too well myself. But try to bring some healthy food with you. Trader Joe's hasn't colonized the roadside market (yet). So you're stuck with the major fast food chains. But a Whopper or Cheesy Gordita Crunch is fake fuel - it'll power you for a couple of hours but drain you the next day. Remember - you have to unload/unpack once you arrive and you'll need some energy for that.
7. Towels and/or blankets. Make little areas for them to sleep on.
8. And then, yes, music, if only to cover up the bitching. My cats meowed for five (5!) hours non-stop. You will go mad if you can't drown them out with tuneage.
Oh and if you get a hotel, don't tell the front desk you have cats. I've never had a problem sneaking them in.
Edit: Ah I see you're stopping along the way. Smart smart smart.
side one: The Ghetto (Too Short), Library (untracked skit excerpted from Boogie Down Productions' Edutainment), My Heart and the Real World (Minutemen), Street Fightin' Man (Rolling Stones), Steel Claw (Tina Turner), You Got To Know How (Bonnie Raitt), East of Eden (Lone Justice), Middle of the Road (Pretenders), Down To Earth (Monie Love), Stool Pigeon (Kid Creole & the Coconuts), Mack the Knife (Louis Armstrong), Youth of Eglington (Black Uhuru), Save It For Later (English Beat), Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck), I'm Having A Good Time (Alberta Hunter).
side two: Hey Tonight (Creedence Clearwater Revival), I Got Loaded (Los Lobos), La Raza (Kid Frost), Da Butt `89 (EU), Our Lips Are Sealed (Go-Go's), Into the Groove (Madonna), Dig For Fire (Pixies), Return the Gift (Gang of Four), 911 Is A Joke (Public Enemy), Lethal Weapon (Ice T), Ring Ring Ring (De La Soul), (Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (James Brown), Sex Bomb (Flipper).
Looking at it now, Ring Ring Ring is the one choice that makes no sense to me. Even pre-Buhloone Mindstate, there were several better DLS choices for that location. It makes most sense if I made the tape shortly after De La Soul Is Dead came out.
Irene-take your time and try to get a good
nights' sleep somewhere-don't mention the cats.
As far as music goes-I like to mix the new with the
tried and true. In this way if the new are disappointing-the old serves
as comfort food. What I would bring doesn't matter. But as regards the new- the above Odds and Ends
might do the trick.
I was at my first gig in over a year, the Magnetic Fields in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Am digging the new Allo Darlin'. Ryan, in addition to the Go-B's cover, she's also said more than once that she sees her sound as "Kirsty MacColl meets the Go-Betweens." And on the new one she's got a song called "Tallulah," about a road trip, which includes the line "You found a tape with Tallulah on it." Of course all this devotion doesn't guarantee any sort of quality, but I think she's absorbed her lessons well indeed.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.